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Cricketer Rubel gets 4-week bail

Cricketer Rubel gets 4-week bail

The High Court today granted anticipatory bail to Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain for four weeks in a woman-torture case. The case was filed against the cricketer for allegedly having an affair with a cinema actress, whom he had apparently promised to marry. The actress filed the case with the Mirpur Model Police Station under the Prevention of Women and Child Repression Act on December 13. At day’s hearing, the HC passed the order after hearing a petition by Rubel seeking anticipatory bail. He appeared before the HC bench of Justice Syed AB...

Testimony of torture

Jibon Das had to renounce his faith to escape the atrocities of Khokon Razakar and his gang. But it was not enough for him. He later left home with his family and took refuge in India. “I had to think about the safety of my young nieces,” Jibon told this newspaper over the phone in choking voice. He testified against Khokon in the International Crimes Tribunal-1. According to charge-11, Khokon inflicted inhuman torture on Kanai Lal Mondol, shot and injured him in...

Nine Days Ago at DMCH

Death shrouded in questions

Death shrouded in questions

Bruises, cuts and blisters on Asma's body have led her family and neighbours to believe that she was tortured to death at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The shocking account of injury marks, given by the women who washed her body before the burial, brings to light telltale signs of torture. The body bore bruises of...


Azharul verdict any day

Azharul verdict any day

A tribunal in Dhaka today concluded hearing arguments in a war crimes case against Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam and will deliver its verdict any day. The 62-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general faces six charges including murder, genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Alleged Al-Badr commander of Rangpur, Azharul...

Mirpur Custodial Death

Cop 'detained'

Cop 'detained'

Police yesterday “detained” Sub-Inspector Jahidur Rahman Khan who allegedly tortured garment-waste trader Mahbubur Rahman Sujan to death on Sunday. They made the “detention” after the autopsy report mentioned that Sujan had died of torture, said Salahuddin Khan, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station. Jahid was picked up at Rupnagar of Mirpur in the capital, police sources claimed. Mirpur police also detained their source Nasim after going through the CCTV footage at the police station. Both of the detainees are reportedly inside the Mirpur Police Station lockup. Jahid's closure for the second time this year and “detention” does not relieve the victims' families of the feeling of insecurity. “This closure and detention mean nothing … when my...

'Fatal Torture' of Tea Vendor in Cop Custody

HC asks govt to report on taken steps by June 18

The High Court yesterday ordered the government to inform it by June 18 about the steps taken over the recent death of a tea vendor in Savar due to "torture" in police custody. In response to a writ petition filed by ZI Khan Panna on behalf of the rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra, the court also asked for the probe report by the date. Family members of the victim, Md Ripon Miah, 26, of Ashulia, earlier said Ripon was tortured...

The line between good and evil

WE as a society have seen countless acts of violence, torture, terrorism and killing since our inception. Most of these atrocities have been carried out by political entities, law enforcement agencies and, in recent times, in the form of brutal mob killings -- by the ordinary citizen. It is traditionally believed by psychologists that an individual must bring certain internal factors such as personality traits, genetics, moral character and pathological tendencies into situations of violence in order to explain...

Star's Report

Cop arrested; HC weighs in

Law enforcers last night arrested Assistant Sub-inspector Abdur Rahman of Nazirpur Police Station in connection with the torture and sexual abuse of a 13-year-old madrasa girl in Nazirpur upazila of Pirojpur. The ASI was rounded up just hours after a boy filed a case with the police station in this connection under the pornography act. A van puller, the boy was also subjected to torture by the cop for accompanying the girl to a village fair, reports our Pirojpur correspondent. Rahman has...

HC seeks explanation from govt over Pirojpur girl abuse

HC seeks explanation from govt over Pirojpur girl abuse

The High Court today issued a rule upon the government to explain why abuse of power of the law enforcing agencies resulting involvement in torture of a teenage boy and rape of a girl should not be declared illegal. In response to a writ petition, the court also issued another rule upon the government...


'Tortured' Ayesha sues husband

'Tortured' Ayesha sues husband

Ayesha Siddiqua, hospitalised due to alleged torture by police constable husband for dowry, filed a case against the man on Saturday night. The accused -- Md Abul Bashar, a constable of Dinajpur Police Station, is on leave for seven days from Thursday, and is yet to be arrested, sources said.    Leaders and officials of different women organisations and NGOs were present when Ayesha filed the case on charge of torturing her for dowry. Ayesha, daughter of Abdur Rahman of Utrashashi village in Nilphamari Sadar upazila, and Bashar, son of Abdul Gafur of the same area, got married in 2004 but later Bashar started torturing her demanding dowry. On Tuesday last, Bashar severely...

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